Baby Thomas Nursery Tour

After working my butt off sewing, and finding good deals, and getting everything together, little man's nursery is finally done! It is a tiny room, but I am absolutely in love with it. As silly as it sounds I've always dreamed of having a beautiful nursery to bring our first little one home to, and I'm grateful we've been granted with the circumstances to be able to have one. I am really proud of all the bargain shopping and good deals I've found, and everything I've made! We've really done everything on a budget, and I love everything we've gotten, it's just taken a sharp watch on Craigslist and a little bit of elbow grease :)
So here's just a little video of his room. I cannot spend enough time up there!
Sorry...there are a few times my finger must've covered the mic, but the sound does come back



A couple of months ago I did a pre-finished nursery post where I showed a few of my projects I had been working on (fitted sheet, changing pad cover, crib skirt, and dresser to changing table redo). Well call it nesting, but this past week I have been sewing my little (or really fat and swollen) fingers to the bone trying to finish up all I wanted to do.
First off I wanted to do a car seat cover. Everyone I looked at buying was over $50, and was so cheap and flimsy, and I didn’t even like any of them! So $15 of materials and voila, I got the exact on I wanted!
This was actually a fairly difficult project, if I were to do it over, I would nix the rick-rack throughout all the seams (it’s cute, but super labor intensive), and I would also try to be a bit more accurate on my stitching on my ribbon lining, but overall I’m super happy with it. I’ve never worked with minky fabric before, and didn’t have any trouble with it slipping.

Next, my friend Emmie has this great nursing cover that has boning in the top so when she is nursing she is able to see the baby, and not worry about holding a blanket or other flat cover out with one hand while positioning baby with the other. She told me I HAD to have one, so I found one online, and it was super easy! I also skipped the “secret pocket” since I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why I would need a pocket in my nursing cover. Maybe I will be proven wrong in a few months and I’ll go back in and add one.
I should really take a picture of me modelling it, but you can get the idea.
I still felt like after doing my crib skirt, sheet, and changing pad cover that my crib bedding wasn’t really finished, and I had accumulated a lot of scrap fabric over the past few months, so when I saw this tutorial I knew I HAD to make one.
I’ve only ever made one quilt before, I was 13 and it was for a young women’s project, and to be honest my mom helped…a lot, but the directions were really clear, and so I started cutting those squares! I was able to finish it in about 10 hours total, and I am in LOVE with the finished product.
The gal recommends using flannel, as it shreds the best, so I found a flannel for the backing that I really like, I did have to break my chevron rule ;) but I loved the colors, and it just added a little bit of “baby” to the nursery. I got the flannel for $6 a yard, but used my 40% off coupon for Joanne’s. The rest of my squares were just leftover cotton that I had used with all my other projects. I think the end result looks like something you would buy in a bedding set, and that is why I love it so much, especially because I’m not the most accurate seamstress, and you can’t tell if any of my lines are crooked because of the “rag” look.
Last were my easy ones, binky clips and burp cloths. I only had enough minky for three cloths. I’m still not convinced how well they will work, I will probably prefer to just use cloth diapers as burp cloths, but I guess it is nice to have three cute ones J

I knew I wanted the elastic on the binky clips so I could use them with his soothie binkies. Total, these cost me $3.50 to make both of them, and took a 15 minutes J.

And I am officially done sewing for a while!! My next post will be of the totally finished nursery. I am so happy with how everything has turned out. We are so blessed to have been able to get everything we need for our little guy, and then some. He is already one spoiled little man! Now he just needs to get here!



We had an absolute blast in Mexico. This was my first real time out of the country, and I was so excited to see Jared in his element.
We got into Cabo at about noon, and instead of taking the $75 private taxi, we took the public bus to our resort at $30 pesos a person (about $2.75)
Driving through the town to the resort was so cool! You could definitely tell we were in a different country. It was pretty stinking hot though. We got to our resort and we were both starving. We couldn't check in until 3, but they let us head over to get lunch, and check out the resort.
It was absolutely beautiful. Right on the beach (though the tide was so strong, they strongly advised against swimming). I loved that it wasn't too big either, that meant less walking for the 8 months pregnant girl.

Finally we got to check in. At this point I was already pretty beat, but we headed out to take a dip in the pool. After about an hour Jared made friends with some guys, and I didn't feel too guilty leaving him to play pool frisbee with them while I went back to our room to catch a quick nap.
That night they had a banquet style dinner right on the beach. After dinner, we walked across the street to the huge "Mega", basically a massive wal-mart, and we got some waters and other snacks for our trip to the beach the next day. Then again, I had to head to bed, but Jared stayed up to check out the first night's entertainment. I'm so sad I didn't stick it out because he got called on stage to play a battle of the sexes game, and ended up winning a huge bottle of tequila, which he traded for a shirt ;), and $200 pesos to a restaurant down the street.
So Wednesday we headed to Chilleno Bay, again, we took the bus.
The beach was GORGEOUS! It wasn't too busy, there were tiki umbrellas for shade, the water was so clear, and the snorkeling was awesome! Jared and I love to snorkel, and  we just held hands and snorkeled all around, there were a ton of tropical fish that loved just swimming with us.
One of the best parts was there were several large boats who left out of San Lucas who charged $65 a person to boat them up to this bay and give them an hour to snorkel, and some lunch. Well again, we took the bus at $30 pesos each, and spent about $75 pesos the night before on snacks, so we were set, with the same experience, for about $12 US total.
That night we went to the Rock & Brews restaurant where Jared had won his $200 pesos to. This is a restaurant owned by Gene Simmons of KISS. Not authentic mexican, but I had a delicious Margherita pizza :)
The next day we took the bus down to San Lucas to find a beach down there. The beaches there were so much different, it was so busy with all the people at the bars that backed up to the beach, and there were mexican vendors EVERYWHERE, trying to get us to take ferry rides and jet skiis. We walked as far away from the craziness as we could and found a good quite spot right at land's end. The snorkeling wasn't as good here as it was at Chilleno, but we saw a bunch of pufferfish! It was also there in San Lucas that we stopped at a Taco place, and I had the absolute best quesadilla of my life.
It was so great because wherever we went Jared was able to ask locals questions, and I felt like we were "in the know" because he could communicate so much better than the rest of the Americans speaking English. So many people were surprised and how fluent he was, and I always felt completely safe knowing we could communicate well.
Friday we were both pretty beat, but we headed up to downtown San Jose del Cabo. It was SWELTERING! It was all tourist shops, and we were hoping for a more authentic experience. We stopped in at a taco place for lunch, and the first thing they served us was a bowl of hot spaghetti-O's, seriously. It was 105 degrees outside, the LAST thing I want is a bowl of hot canned soup. So I didn't touch it, which later I was glad when I saw one of the women working there stick her FINGER in someone else's spaghetti-o's to make sure it was hot enough. I pretty much lost my appetite after that, especially seeing this same woman ride up on her bike and head to the "kitchen" to immediately start preparing food without washing her hands. I decided the cuisine from that place would probably not agree with my stomach...and it was just crazy to think that Jared ate at places just like that, and probably way worse for two whole years and didn't die.
We decided to go back to the resort for a more acceptable lunch, and then spent the rest of the afternoon in the pool. The entertainment that afternoon was a game where the DJ played the first few seconds of songs from movies, and whoever yelled "Papichulo!" and gave the correct movie, got points. Jared and I teamed up, and ended up beating another team by just one point, winning us the second huge bottle of tequila of the trip, which we ended up giving to the losing team, and the entertainment crew thought that was so nice they gave us another shirt, so a shirt for both of us at this point!
Then again, that evening for the entertainment, we sat up front, and of course Jared gets called on stage with two other guys. They had to mimic this little Mexican guy named Paco, and do things like ride a "horse", ask the waitress for tequila in Spanish, shoot the tequila (really), and other funny things. Sadly I didn't have my camera, because this was just about the best thing I've ever seen. Jared was hilarious, and made the MC of the show shoot his tequila for him. Then at the end, all the men won bottles of tequila (so our THIRD!), but the MC remembered that Jared was the same guy who gave away his last two bottles, and ended up buying us a marlin sculpture from a vendor on the beach, which everyone was so jealous of, that was way better than tequila!
Saturday we decided to just take it easy. We lounged by the pool and read books, and just relaxed.

Saturday night we decided to go somewhere fancy for dinner to celebrate our 4 year anniversayd (just a week and a half late ;) ). We went to this cute restaurant where Jared got lobster, and I ordered a Rocket Salad. If you are an arugula fan like I am, you know a Rocket salad is a salad with arugula, because arugula is also known as "rocket greens", well my salad came out and it was spinach! I don't mind spinach, but that's not what I wanted, so we asked the waiter and he said "they didn't bring arugula today, so just Spinach", which is funny, because it's basically like Jared ordering lobster and getting crab, and him using the excuse that "they didn't bring lobster today". Well that would have been nice to know when I ordered! So I got a dessert instead, which was better than any salad :)
Then Sunday we packed up our stuff and flew back to the USA. We will definitely go back to Cabo, what a beautiful place! I am still trying to recover, I am so beat still, but I was quite the trooper.


Catch Up

A couple weekends ago a great lady at my work offered up her cabin in McCall to me, and I was so excited! Jared and I packed up after work on Friday and headed up. 
We were able to have a really relaxing few days. We took up our bikes and ride around the little downtown. We had a delicious breakfast, and just enjoyed spending time in the sun. 
We also we able to go to one of Jared's coworker's weddings a couple weekends ago. The ceremony was in the beautiful cathedral of the Rockies downtown. The bride's dress was absolutely beautiful as she walked down the aisle! Then they did their reception at a swanky dinner club. The food was delicious and everything was done up so well. I've never been to a wedding like that before, and we had a great night! 
Jared has been such a trooper through my whole pregnancy. There are times when I am just so exhausted I don't even know what to do with myself. A few Sundays ago I was so exhausted, and feeling stressed because of a dirty house. Jared insisted I get in bed and stay there, and he cleaned the whole house and made a delicious lunch for us. I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive spouse. 
Finally, a couple weeks ago my sweet friend Marilyn threw me a baby shower. It was so cute, and so kind of her to take the time to put it together. We had a great night of visiting and spending time together. 
*note to self, don't sit next to my tiniest friend Emmie while I am in the largest state of my life. It may haunt me forever... ;)